The Complete Guide to Cleaning Bongs

HOW TO CLEAN A BONG – THE BEST GUIDE

A common question regarding bongs is how to clean them.

As we explain in this ultimate Bong Cleaning guide, you can not only keep your bong clean, but your lungs as well!

HOW TO CLEAN A BONG
HOW TO CLEAN A BONG

It’s true that bongs come in all shapes and sizes, and they come in a lot of different designs and sounds. You may not have noticed it, but on the first hit and after a pound of weed later, you start to notice a yellow film on your pristine glass bong?

A bong’s resin can begin to build for too long, then mold will begin to grow from the bacteria.

Think about taking a big bite from your favorite flower… along with some mold.

Does that sound appealing?

While it’s important to clean your bong, there are also steps you can take to prevent bacteria buildup. This guide will teach you the proper way to clean a bong and prevent the growth of germs as well!

CLEANING SILICONE BONGS, ACRYLIC BONGS, GLASS BONGS & MORE

You need to first determine which bong type you have before you get into the nitty-gritty of cleaning it. It is possible to buy plastic bongs, silicon bongs, and glass bongs. Additionally, there are ceramic and metal bongs that are handmade. Here are the ways to clean and maintain them.

HOW TO CLEAN A GLASS BONG
HOW TO CLEAN A GLASS BONG

HOW TO CLEAN A GLASS BONG

Glass bongs can be cleaned in a variety of ways, but we will examine the most popular way that bong enthusiasts clean their glass bongs.

You Will Need the following to clean your glass bong:

  • Sea Salt
  • 70% or 91% Rubbing Alcohol
  • Hot Water
  • MouthPeace [disposable, glass, etc]
  • Pipe Cleaner

Step 1: Pour out the contents of your sink into your glass bong. Place the chunks of sea salt inside your bong first. You should put a good amount of sea salt in the bong when shaking it so that it functions as a scrubbing agent.

Step 2: If your bong isn’t big enough, fill it with 12 cups to 2 cups of alcohol, leaving enough room so that when you shake it, the alcohol won’t come spilling out. In general, a bit of alcohol over the salt is a good ratio. Using a Resolution Cleaning Cap prevents cleaning solution from being drained out during cleaning.

Step 3: Using the cleaning solution of mix alcohol and sea salt, begin swishing your bong. The bong can also be shook harder if you place your hand on the top of it, but you should keep full control of the bong to avoid accidental sinking. Salt falls into the bong’s sides when you shake, which aids in removing the stubborn residue.

Step 4: Repeat the previous steps until your bong is clean. Use a pipe cleaner to get rid of any last residue pieces after running some hot water through.

We will cover some more options if you do not want to use alcohol. Be sure to read on. After you have your bong, you should also ensure your lungs are clean.

Most of the resin and tar in your bong water does not get caught and ends up in your lungs. The MouthPeace filter reduces coughing and burning after the bong blast, as resin and tar are captured before entering your lungs. Furthermore, using a personal MouthPeace while sharing pipes can reduce bacterial contamination by up to 6000%!

HOW TO CLEAN A SILICONE BONG

As the resin can’t really adhere to the silicone material, it is much easier to clean a silicone bong. You will find that one of the most popular methods on the internet is using the dishwasher, but any bong guru will tell you that the result of this technique is messy. For a much simpler solution, use Dial Dish Soap with hot water to clean your bong. A degreaser breaks down the gunk on your silicone bong, and then you wipe it clean with a paper towel.

Don’t just keep your bong clean, also make sure that your lungs are as well. 

MouthPeace bong filters reduce tar and resin inhalation, as well as bacterial contamination that occurs when sharing pipes by as much as 5,925%.

HOW TO CLEAN A PLASTIC BONG
HOW TO CLEAN A PLASTIC BONG

HOW TO CLEAN PLASTIC BONGS

A plastic bong uses the same method as a glass bong, also called an acrylic bong.

Among the things you will require to clean your bong are:

  • Salt
  • 50% or 70% Rubbing Alcohol
  • Hot Water
  • Lemons/Citrus

Step 1:  You will need to empty out your sink and place your bong in there. Add salt first. The salt acts as a scrubbing agent when you shake the bong, so use plenty.  

Step 2: The acrylic bong should be filled with  ½ – 2 cups of alcohol. Make sure that you still have room to shake the bong so that the alcohol doesn’t fly out. Fill the bong up to the point where the alcohol rises above the salt.

Step 3: As you move your hand in a circular motion, you will begin cleaning your bong with alcohol and salt mixed together. Also, you can shake your bong harder by placing your hand on top, but exercise caution not to accidentally slam the bong into the sink. When you shake the bong, the salt will crash against the sides, breaking up the stubborn residue.

Step 4: Clean the bong now with hot water and add a full squeeze of lemon and the hottest water you can find in your sink. Rinse the cleaned plastic bong out and let it air-dry after swirling this for 60 seconds.

If your bong is clean and well-maintained, protect it from bacteria buildup with the Mouth Piece bong filter, which has been proven to reduce bacterial contamination by as much as 5,925%. You need to make sure the resin does not fly into your lungs when you rip your bong, and the Mouth Piece filter makes this possible!

Alternatively, you can scroll down for some other popular methods, which do not require rubbing alcohol. 

HOW TO CLEAN A BONG BOWL

Bong bowls are the lovely pieces of glass found at the top of bongs that hold marijuana during use. Cleaning is easy! Glass and metal bong bowls are usually made of these materials, so these steps will be for cleaning that type of material.

Getting your bong bowl clean includes:

  • Hot Water
  • Zip Lock Bag
  • Q-Tips
  • Salt
  • 50% or 91% Rubbing Alcohol

Step 1:  Take a ziplock bag and place the bong bowl inside  

Step 2: Fill the bag with a sizeable amount of salt (obviously not so your bong bowl is swallowed by it, just enough to go past 10% of your bong bowl)

Step 3: Fill the bag with 80% or 90% rubbing alcohol to 55% of where your bong bowl is and zip it back up and begin to swirl the bag around so the rubbing alcohol can mix with the salt.

Step 4: Continue to shake the bag a little more to help the salt scrub through stubborn stains. As soon as all the residue is removed, rinse the bong bowl under hot water.

HOW TO CLEAN A BONG WITHOUT ALCOHOL

The idea of cleaning their bongs with alcohol does not appeal to many people. The purpose of this section is to provide you with different methods of cleaning your bong without alcohol. Some of the most popular options are vinegar, lemon juice, and Resolution Gel Cleaner.

HOW TO CLEAN A BONG WITH VINEGAR

The effects of vinegar are not as strong as those of alcohol, but you can still achieve the desired results. With vinegar and salt added to your bong, you can break off all the resin stuck inside the bong.

If stubborn residue remains, repeat these steps a few more times before emptying your bong and washing it under hot running water. Pour out the hot water and then squeeze a full lemon inside the bong with hot water and swirl it around. Use a pipe brush to help remove any remaining Hash residue.

Use hot water to rinse and dry the bong.

HOW TO CLEAN RESIN OUT OF A BONG
HOW TO CLEAN RESIN OUT OF A BONG

HOW TO CLEAN RESIN OUT OF A BONG

The average Cannabis smoking utensil such as a pipe or bong has:

  • 1304% more bacteria than the average dog food bowl
  • 530% more bacteria than a cell phone screen
  • 92% more bacteria than an ATM Keyboard
  • 90% more bacteria than a trash dumpster
  • 49% more bacteria than a toilet seat

While cleaning your bong, the main focus is on removing resin. Today many people use new cleaning solutions specifically created to clean bongs. The Resolution Colorado Cleaning Gel is a popular cleaning agent, and it is reusable.

When using a Mouth Piece, Res Gel is the most effective method to maintain the cleanliness of your bong. It’s a no-fuss method that gets your bong sparkling clean and reduces bacteria by 5,925% when sharing bongs with others.

The Mouth Piece was designed to prevent the inhalation of resin and tar. As well as keeping your bong clean, you also want to ensure that you are not inhaling resin and tar as you use your bong. One of the best ways to keep your bong clean for years to come is to use this combination as frequently as you can!

Cleaning Pipes and Bongs for Germs and Bacteria
Cleaning Pipes and Bongs for Germs and Bacteria

As far as how much mold forms in your bong and how much bacteria builds up, whether you have tested and found out just how much bacteria builds up on your bong and why it is so critical to clean your bong.

Regardless of the method you use to clean your bong, make sure you also protect your lungs by using a filter to filter out the harmful resin and tar.

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